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YA eco mysteries

Audubon Mountain Workshop

36th Annual Audubon Mountain Workshop

As we speed north from Birmingham how delightful it was to watch the spring flowing, like a sparkling green wave, into the mountains and up to Camp Alpine where we would be joining fellow nature conservationist for the Audubon Mountain Workshop.
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Earth Day at the Botanical Gardens

Earth Day and Green Living

Despite the weather forecast for thunder, lightning and rain, enthusiastic visitors flocked to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens for the annual Earth Day event. What a pleasure to meet so many curious kids, and interesting folks. From the number of exhibitors it seems that Community Gardens have taken off in Birmingham! Read More...

Inspiring Kids To Read

What a pleasure to be a part of Better Basics, Birmingham Reads held each spring, when hundreds of volunteers visit Kindergarten through fifth-grade classrooms in Birmingham City Schools to read to students.

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Writing Eco Mysteries 10

Eco-Brains Students Help Biologists with Bird Banding

My adventure in writing the eco mystery, The Return of The Red-cockaded Clan, continues at Gwin Elementary School with Traci Knight Ingleright’s “Eco-Brains” fifth graders. You see, in each eco mystery the protagonists help protect an endangered or threatened species. To do this they must solve a complex eco mystery and then take action to save that species. The “bird bag project” the Eco Brains are working on is the missing “action ingredient” I need.
I first heard about the project from Helena Umber Wamble, Education Director of the Birmingham Audubon Society. As a result, I spent a fascinating morning with Mrs. Ingleright’s fifth graders, observing them working on this special project. Read More...

Writing Eco Mysteries 9

Roebuck Springs/East Lake Park Audubon Trip

For those who have been following my blog on the process of writing eco mystery, The Return of the Red-cockaded Woodpecker, this blog moves from the first blog at the height of the summer to the depths of winter. I hope I can use this trip to capture the experience of bird watching in winter. Read More...

Writing Eco Mysteries 7

Visit to Nature Centers and School

To put together the story,
Return of The Red-Cockaded Woodpecker we visited: The Wehle Nature Center, Gwin Elementary School and Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve. How will these experiences inform my story? Read More...

Writing Eco Mysteries Blog 6

Banding The Red-Cockaded Woodpecker 6

Just a few years ago, the trend for red-cockaded woodpeckers (RCWs) on private land in Alabama was toward extinction.
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Middle School Environmental Fiction

ENVIRONMENTAL FICTION FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL READERS

In the not-too-distant future, the children in our neighborhoods and schools will have joined the workforce. Some will find themselves working for corporations, sitting behind desks, standing on podiums, running for office, in positions of influence, making decisions that will, for better or worse, affect the ecological health of our very planet. My mission in writing the ecological mystery series, The Adventures of The Sizzling Six, is to nurture the seeds of environmental responsibility, giving today’s kids an abiding appreciation for nature and an intelligent understanding of ecological principles and issues 
before the future arrives. Read More...

Environmental Fiction For Middle School

WHY I WRITE ENVIRONMENTAL FICTION FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL READERS
In the not-too-distant future, the children in our neighborhoods and schools will have joined the workforce. Some will find themselves working for corporations, sitting behind desks, standing on podiums, running for office, in positions of influence, making decisions that will, for better or worse, affect the ecological health of our very planet. My mission in writing the ecological mystery series, The Adventures of The Sizzling Six, is to nurture the seeds of environmental responsibility, giving today’s kids an abiding appreciation for nature and an intelligent understanding of ecological principals and issues before the future arrives. The Adventures of The Sizzling SIx entertains readers while educating them about endangered species and significant environmental issues—so that they will become wise stewards of our precious Earth.